Sep 6, 2010 9:03am
Re: Great HST rant (Kind of Dead)
Times have changed. Why not consider how consumers and JVC's shareholders view this matter? They think workers are evil people and should be paid peanuts. Well then, you get what you pay for. I spent 40 years working in the pro A/V industry:
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Me and my professional peers always viewed JVC equpiment as inferior and industrial-grade equipment. Their equipment was much cheaper than professional grade equipment. On the other hand, the most professional outfit - Ampex Corporation - has been out of business for over 15 years. RCA Corp's broadcast division has been out of business for longer than that. RCA made broadcast video tape recorders, cameras, film chains, and TV transmitters. Americans today have no idea what I'm talking about. They think Sony, Panasonic, and JVC invented all audio and video equipment. And why pay more than minimum wage for any of their worker's salaries?
Ampex started out in pro audio. They invented the video tape recorder in 1955. I worked over 5 years for Ampex. My salary was decent, well above minimum wage. I left Ampex in 1984. Dozens of companies wanted to hire me. Not today. In 2005, Ampex received their final Emmy Award - retroactively. At a time before the invention of tape slow motion was possible, Ampex recorded 30 seconds of color motion video on a hard-disk recorder, which could then instantly reproduce high quality images over a wide range of speeds. In 1967, ABC premiered a new era in sports broadcasting when its coverage of the World Series of Skiing from Vail, Colorado, debuted slow-motion color review of the events within moments of the actual competition.
This represented another in a long series of technical advances for the television industry by Ampex Corporation
. Other Emmy awards for Technical Excellence received by Ampex include:
1957 for the development of the videotape recorder
1967 for the development of the color VTR-2000
1978 for Automatic Scan Tracking for tape slow motion
1978 for the Type-C format videotape recorder
1981 for Electronic Still Store
1983 for Digital Special Effects
1984 for the first helical scan portable videotape recorder
1986 for the Advanced Digital Video Processor
1989 for digital video recording technology development
1990 for automated commercial spot playersMonte's Ampex & Alembic posting
is archived here.
Mr. Thompson says he's in northern Colorado in the "970" area-code. Me too. I'm in Fort Collins. I do service calls and side work. You can reach me here: